Chowan to host church choir festival
Chowan University Relations
January 27, 2010

Chowan to host church choir festival

Chowan to host church choir festival
Chowan University Relations
January 27, 2010


University will host four local church choirs for a festival on Saturday,

February 6th. Choirs will rehearse that day under the direction of Gregory

Parker, professor of music at Chowan, and present a concert that evening.

“This is a great opportunity

for choir members to grow in their musicianship and to enjoy fellowship with

singers from other churches,” said Parker, also the Chair of Chowan

University’s Department of Music.

Parker went on to say that

choral singing is corporate worship, where individuals are not singled out.

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Chowan University will host four church choirs Feb. 6.

“We want to promote choral

singing in the corporate worship lives of our congregations. Too much emphasis

on individual soloists in worship experiences can develop an entertainment

mentality in worship,” Parker explained, “Implying that only those who are

‘good enough’ should sing. Through choral singing, those with much talent and those

with little unite heart, mind, and voice in praise of God.”

Choirs from Eureka Baptist

Church in Corapeake, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, First Baptist Church of

New Bern, and Murfreesboro Baptist Church will participate in this year’s

festival, with the choirs from Ahoskie, New Bern and Murfreesboro singing on

their own.

All choirs will combine to

perform “Walk as Children of Light” by Daniel Kallman, “O Sacred Head, Now

Wounded,” arranged by Joel Raney, and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,”

arranged by Mark Hayes. Also, Cantare, the chamber vocal ensemble from Chowan

University, will sing two selections to open the concert.

The concert will begin at

7:00 pm in Turner Auditorium, located in the McDowell Columns Building. The

doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 pm for seating, and admission to the

concert is free.

For more information about

the concert or the Department of Music at Chowan University, contact us at

(252) 398-6236 or at [email protected].